Why is Tylenol being recalled?

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Why is Tylenol being recalled?

Several over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl are being recalled by the manufacturing companies. They recalled these drugs after getting complaints about the product as having musty or mildew like odor. The recall of the drugs made the FDA to express displeasure over Johnson and Johnson for not being able to respond immediately to the complaints given by the customers. FDA also was angry towards this company for not being able to fix the problem raised by the customers. The company also was reported to have attempted and even struggled to resolve this issue since 2008.

FDA emphasizes that all the pharmaceutical companies which are manufacturing the drugs should be responsible to prepare high quality, safer and effective products. These companies should be able to save and protect the health of the customers who make use of these drugs. Mc-Neil-PPC which is the division of Johnson and Johnson was reported to have received few complaints from the customers who used their products. The customers were found to have suffered from stomach problems, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. The recalled drugs include Motrin, Children’s Tylenol grape melt away tablets, extra strength Tylenol rapid release gel caps, extra strength Tylenol PM gel tabs and so on.

FDA was found to have issued warning letter to Mc Neil regarding this matter and urged the company to address the problem and avoid future violation. If the company did not respond properly to the warning, then a serious legal action will be taken on it. Tylenol and other medications were recalled because some of the drugs were having higher concentrations of its ingredients which are not supposed to be. The drugs may also contain ingredients which are inactive and were not able to pass the testing conducted in the company. The recalling should be done if the raw materials used for the product making are contaminated. Generally medicines prepared in a single plant may be recalled and not those which are made from different plants.

Tylenol especially was recalled as the mildew smell was due to the presence of 2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole. This compound was found to result when a substance used to treat the wooden pallets was broken down. Hence, this drug was recalled.

Author: Hari M

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